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Celebrate #GivingTuesday -- Matching Funds Available

Nov 27, 2018

Today -- #GivingTuesday -- we start our Year-end Giving Campaign to help support our activities as we update our strategic plan and look forward to 2019.

Our ongoing activities and events include …

  • Organizing Bethlehem’s annual I Love My Park Day
  • Creating and managing the Commemorative Tree & Bench Program
  • Maintaining a Scholarship Fund to help residents in need participate in Parks and Recreation activities
  • Assisting the Parks and Recreation Department by …
    • Raising funds for park improvements and programs 
    • Enlisting volunteers for Parks and Recreation projects 
    • Researching policy options
    • Sharing information about Parks and Recreation events and programs

All donations made today through December 31 will be matched up to a total of $1,000. Please help us leverage these matching funds by making a donation today-- go to to donate electronically or to print out a mail-in donation form.

Thank you for all of your assistance, participation and support!

First Night Bethlehem 2019 -- Volunteers Needed

Nov 23, 2018

Bethlehem is hosting its third annual First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31. Festivities will kick off at 6:30 pm with fireworks at the Four Corners, followed by family-friendly entertainment from 7 to 10 at nearby locations. Join us for an evening of music and activities for all ages. First Night buttons are available at several locations throughout town and online at For complete details, go to

Volunteers are needed at all locations – 1 ½ -hour shifts – free button. Please call 518-605-6580 or email to sign up!

Net proceeds go to local programs that help our neighbors through the Bethlehem Community Fund, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Bethlehem Senior Projects and Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation. Presented in partnership with the Town of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.

Many thanks to all of our generous sponsors!

Volunteers show North Bethlehem Park lots of love on I Love My Park Day

May 15, 2018

The weather could not have been better for our “I Love My Park Day” event at North Bethlehem Park on Saturday, May 5.  And our hard-working volunteers of all ages – individuals, families, Girl Scouts, Glenmont Job Corps students, a team from M&T Bank, and a network of mountain bike enthusiasts -- took full advantage of the beautiful weather.  At Bethlehem's fifth annual "I Love My Park Day" event, volunteers weeded and planted, installed a large grill, assembled an accessible picnic table, erected bluebird houses, spread wood chips on the playground, and improved the walking and mountain bike trails.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a few hours.Our heartfelt thanks to all who volunteered!

The Friends board is also deeply grateful to M&T Bank for being our corporate sponsor again this year and to those who provided in-kind donations -- Hewitt’s Garden Center of Glenmont for plants, Hannaford of Delmar for fruit, and Glenmont Job Corps for baking muffins.  We would also like to thank the Town of Bethlehem for providing assistance, materials, and equipment for this event.

"I Love My Park Day" is a statewide event coordinated by Parks & Trails New York. Saturday's seventh annual "I Love My Park Day" was celebrated throughout New York State, with volunteer efforts coordinated by local friends groups.

Please join us next year on the first Saturday in May for “I Love My Park Day” 2019!

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I Love My Park Day -- Saturday, May 5 -- North Bethlehem Park

Mar 22, 2018

North Bethlehem Park will be the site of Bethlehem’s 2018 “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Hosted by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Parks & Trails New York and the Town of Bethlehem, the event is being sponsored by a generous donation from M&T Bank.

“I Love My Park Day” volunteers are being sought to rake trails, spread wood chips on the playground, weed and plant flowers, and update the picnic area. The first 50 volunteers to register by April 18 will receive a Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation t-shirt.

Parks & Trails New York organized the first “I Love My Park Day” in 2012 to enhance State parks and historic sites, boost volunteerism and raise the visibility of the entire State parks system and its needs. Many locally owned parks and their friends groups now participate in the event as well. This is Bethlehem’s fifth annual “I Love My Park Day.”


To volunteer, contact Please indicate number of volunteers and t-shirt sizes (Adult small, medium, large, extra-large, and 2x available). Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect themselves from scrapes and insect bites, as well as shoes appropriate for muddy conditions. If possible, please bring work gloves, a rake and gardening tools. The rain date is Suday, May 6 — registrants will be notified in the event of a rain delay.

Questions? Call 518-605-6580

Directions: North Bethlehem Park is located at 564 Russell Rd, Albany, near the North Bethlehem Fire House.

Show Bethlehem parks some love — volunteer on May 5!

View the Bethlehem "I Love My Park Day" flyer.

Boston Bus Trip - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - optional Flower Show Tix

Jan 04, 2018

Click here for the full brochure  

Spend the day with Friends in Boston!! Attend the Boston Flower & Garden Show. This year’s theme is “Savor Spring” -- for more information, visit Or spend the day your way – explore the North End, go to the New England Aquarium, walk the Freedom Trail, visit one of the world-class museums, or take advantage of Boston’s unique shopping scene.

The bus will leave Elm Avenue Park at 8 a.m. and return at 10 p.m. The cost is $65 per person for the bus and a discounted Flower Show ticket, or $49 for the bus alone. The cost includes a driver’s tip, an afternoon shuttle from the Flower Show to Faneuil Hall, and a donation to Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.

Print out the flyer , complete the form, and submit your payment by February 16.

Questions? Contact or call 518-605-6580.